10.12.19 Christopher Riche - Fox Optimization

Christopher Riche is the CEO of Fox Optimization which launched, about a month ago, StaffFox, a staff scheduling SaaS (Software as a Service). Chris is a founder of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum where he personally funded the project, built the team and secured the location. {Thanks}

StaffFox helps businesses create better hourly staff schedules in less time with the use of prescriptive analytics. The app uses proprietary, industry-leading technology “under the hood” allowing managers to easily “SmartFill” their schedules, considering more factors and balancing across competing priorities in ways that can’t be matched.

Visit their website: www.StaffFox.com


10.5.19 Dr. Christopher Highley - Preferred Family Medicine

Dr. Christopher Highley offers concierge primary care without the hassle of insurance companies. “The Future of Medical Care!” ~ M. Bosma. Dr. Christopher Highley has over 20 years of experience in the primary care medical space. Having worked on the front line of healthcare, Dr. Highley has garnered an acumen of skills at the point-of-care, treating patients of all ages and just about every conceivable problem. He is not only passionate about patient care, but optimizing the experience for both the doctor and the patient. He is especially skilled in developing a rapport with his patients, whom find him especially personable and willing to take the time needed to explain their medical conditions to their satisfaction.

After practicing in Carson City, NV for 15 years, Dr. Highley opened the first Direct Primary Care office in Reno, NV in August 2018. The transition from his established practice to the Direct Primary Care model allows Dr. Highley to continue to provide the highest quality care, for which he has been rated highly by insurers in the past, while continuing to focus on his patients’ needs with unmatched convenience. The DPC model will allow more time and attention to his patients and provide all services so his patients can get the best for their health care dollars. Therefore, Dr. Highley's new practice, Preferred Family Medicine, will not accept insurance.

Visit their website for further information: www.PreferredFamilyMedicine.com


9.28.19 Chip Bowlby & Bruce Breslow

Chip Bowlby is the President and CEO of Reno Land Inc. Reno Land Inc. just purchased 104 acres if farmland from UNR. Chip has expertise in financing, land acquisition, product design, product re-positioning and marketing of residential projects. He is currently a member of the board of trustees for EDAWN.

Bruce Breslow was the Mayor of Sparks for 8 years and developed Victorian Square and the Sparks Marina. Bruce is the Founder & CEO of Nevada Strategies, a Reno-based government consultancy and economic development group. For over 40 years, Bruce has been helping Nevada businesses succeed - 1st in private sector real estate development, then in marketing and most recently in carious high-ranking government roles.

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9.21.19 Randi Reed - Haus of Reed

Randi Reed moved to Nevada nearly 20 years ago, in Las Vegas, she met and married Tim Reed. She is the Director of Business Development for Brycon Construction, Executive Director for NAIOP, Chairwoman of NNV Transportation Coalition, boardmember of Reno ICE, Entrepreneur Coash for the Ozman Center at UNR and is now a Republic candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. Haus of Reed started in their garage when Tim build a black walnut crib for their now 7 year old son.

Visit their website: www.HausofReed.com or her campaign site: www.RandiReedNV.com


9.14.19 Dave Archer - N.C.E.T. 14th Expo

Mike and Katrina discuss with Dave Archer from building businesses to Katrina’s dating. Ways to work the “system” are discussed: Amazon returns, Kohls vs. Bosma, Movie Theaters and Concessions, Resort Fees, Timeshares, Stub Hub & Airline / Cruise Tickets.

N.C.E.T. hosts its 14th Annual Small Business Expo Friday, September 20th 10AM - 5PM in the Mount Rose Ballroom in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Meet people who will help you grow your business. 1000 Northern Nevada Business People, 100 Exhibitors & 6 Educational Sessions. Free Admission with a business card.


9.7.19 Kelly Allin - Hot Lane Logistics

D. Kelly Allin purchased Hot Lane Logistics in March 2018 and has the business has doubled in size since He began his career as a technician and machinist but went back to college to obtain advanced degrees while working through every level in the business organization. Mr. Allin has a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA. He is a Sigma Beta Delta and a Delta Mu Delta; excellence in business administration programs.

Hot Lane Logistics provides “World Class Tracking Software, Dispatching and Logistics.” They take care of their employees and their employees take care of their customers. Hot Lane Logistics utilizes Cross-Docking to lower costs; unloading from inbound trailer directly to an outbound trailer with little to no storage.

Visit their website: www.HotLaneLogistics.com


8.31.19 Celeste Johnson - The Applied Companies

Celeste Johnson is the owner of The Applied Companies, the largest privately held HR and staffing firm in Northern Nevada. She has worked at TAC for over 15 years and enjoys helping companies become more successful by offering workforce solutions. Celeste and The Applied Companies have helpful articles in the Reno Gazette Journal and have appeared on News 4 KRNV.

The Applied Companies has 3 divisions of workforce services; executive search, staffing and HR: benefits / payroll for small to medium sized businesses. They were rated as the 2nd Best Place to Work in 2016.

Visit their website: www.TheAppliedCompanies.com


8.24.19 Abigail Stephenson - American Business Women’s Day

September 22nd, 1949 was the founding date for the American Business Woman’s Association. Their mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Protecting Your Woman-Owned Business presented by Abigail Stephenson hosted by Blanchard, Krasner & French and sponsored by This Is Reno. This is a free event but they are encouraging donations to the Northern Nevada Chapter of Dress for Success.

On Monday, September 23rd at 4PM in the UNR Innevation Center 450 Sinclair St, Reno, NV 89501. RSVP: https://business.facebook.com/events/2780938038605613/

Abbey G. Stephenson is a Nevada and California licensed attorney. Abbey’s areas of practice focus on privately held companies and is able to meet the majority of their legal needs from formation through dissolution including intellectual property licensing and protection. Abbey also provides estate planning and probate and trust litigation services.

Visit their website: BKFLaw.com


8.17.19 Mike Whan - Hot August Nights

Mike & Katrina connect with Mike Whan - Executive Director of Hot August Nights. Since May of 2015, Mr. Whan has assisted in celebrating Northern' Nevada’s love affair with cars and Rock n’ Roll. While still a free event, HAN generates @ $100 Million of economic impact to Northern Nevada while increasing tourism by almost 300,000 visitors. Hot August Nights begn on the first of August 1986 in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and was bursting at the seams with over 10,000 revelers. The aim was to fill a void in tourism during August. Additionally, it created a flood of nostalgia when music from the crowd’s high school days started to play; an annual love affair began.

Visit their website: www.HotAugustNights.net


8.10.19 Paul Doege - Recycled Records

Paul Doege purchased Recycled Records in late 1980 and has been at the helm until now. Paul is selling his business to his management team who has been by his side through-out all 6 locations coming and going. They have discovered the best location is in the ever renovating Mid-Town, along South Virginia Street.

Visit his website: www.RecRecReno.com


8.3.19 Best of Bosma on Business - Tips on Buying or Selling your Business

Mike and Katrina discuss buying and selling businesses.

Visit Katrina’s website: https://mabusinessadvisors.com/reno/


7.27.19 Klaus Grimm - Buying and Selling Businesses

Originally from Austria, Klaus Grimm, graduated from the Danube University, Austria, with a degree in Hotel Management. Klaus moved to the US in 1991 and has made Reno, NV his home since 1994 along with his wife and two sons. Before acquiring his first Massage Envy in 2012 Klaus worked in sales and management for Fortune 100 companies (AT&T, WellPoint) and owned and operated Blue Moon Promotions for 5 years before selling it in an unsolicited sale to Deluxe Corp in 2011. BMP has over 500% in revenue growth over 5 years in the midst of a significant recession.  Both businesses were acquired with the help of Katrina Loftin, Reno Business broker.

Klaus acquired his first Massage Envy (“ME”) in Reno back in 2012 and eventually owned eight ME’s in NV and CA by both acquiring and improving existing locations, as well as opening new ones in untapped territories over a 4-year span. He successfully sold his portfolio in 2017 to a Private Equity Group and stayed on as the CEO to facilitate the transition and future growth of their ME portfolio. After he successfully transitioned the company Klaus left in 2018 and joined Hammer and Nails as an Investor and VP of Development. Klaus and his business partner have formed a Private Equity group with a focus on acquiring start up franchise concepts and grow them nationally. 


7.20.19 David Garese - Excel Bonds & Insurance

Dave, along with his business partner Cathy Skeen, Co-Founded Excel Bonds & Insurance in 1995 and recently joined NFP in May of 2019. He has over forty years of experience providing Insurance and surety solutions to the construction industry. Dave specializes in Unusual Property, Casualty and Surety Bond Placements in Construction, IT, Commercial and Residential Developers, Waste Management and Manufacturing. He also provides cutting edge solutions for Property, Casualty and Surety programs for both publicly traded, municipalities and private clients worldwide. Dave has served on the State and Division Board Directors of the Associated General Contractors of California, the Sacramento  board of the Construction Financial Management Association and is currently serving on the AGC Delta Sierra District Board, AGC Legislative Committee and PAC Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Sacramento Salvation Army and has been responsible for the annual Christmas distribution which serves over 4,000 families locally.

Dave is a lecturer at California State University Sacramento in the Construction Management program, UC Davis Construction Management program and Chico State University Construction Management Program. He is a charter member of Point West Rotary and serves on the UC Davis CAPR/Pain Medicine Advisory Board. Dave is a graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Economics.

Visit their website: www.excelbondsinsurance.com

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7.13.19 Jamie Orr - Jellyswitch

Dr. Jamie Orr is the co-founder of Jellyswitch, a next generation software platform for the management of flexible office space & Cowork Tahoe, the coworking space and innovation hub in South Lake Tahoe. Prior to moving to the Reno-Tahoe region, she earned her PhD in theoretical physics from Davis in 2011 and then spent several years in Silicon Valley developing research & academic programs and advising startups in renewable energy, nanotechnology & biomedical engineering. She occasionally still teaches courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry & engineering and consults in the areas of workforce & economic development in addition to entrepreneurship. Additionally, she serves on several non-profit boards and is a startup mentor for Singularity University and StartNV. She also has a great recipe for Norwegian soup in Edible Reno-Tahoe’s 2019 Cooks edition.

Jellyswitch makes it easy to coordinate with your team and performs the bulk of your space’s daily operations. Jellyswitch evaluates your business’s operational and financial performance then gives data on how to grow your business, lower your costs and allocate your space more effectively. It can boost your member satisfaction by allowing simple and easy member feedback data that lets you give your members more of what they want.

Visit her website at www.jellyswitch.com


7.6.19 Greg Howard - Trenlot

TrenLot, Inc., the creator of CrewBuilder, offers innovative solutions in the construction industry using Machin Learning and Artificial Intelligence that create advantages and reduce cost by automating accountability and profitability. Greg Howard, CEO & Co-founder is responsible for running all facets of the business. Greg is a proven executive with over 25 years of business experiences in the technology industry. He has years of experience with startup companies developing emerging technologies, with direct market analysis and product development experience. Aside from spending years as an industry analyst in emerging technologies, he successfully managed a thin film materials manufacturing company and has developed products in energy management, optimize, monitoring and control. A previous startup company he worked for received “Software Company of the Year” award from NCET for developing an Energy Management System. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree of Social Science from California State University Chico.

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6.29.19 Scott Dunseath - Home Means Nevada

Scott Dunseath is the owner of the Home Means Nevada Co and the Reno eNVy brand which celebrates the love we have for this great city and state. He is the manager of the Reno Tahoe Visitors Center and is one of the co-founders of the Mynt Cannabis dispensary in downtown Reno. Scott graduated from the University of Nevada with an International Affairs major and pursued a career in the Action Sports industry before starting Reno eNVy in 2005. He has been on the board of the RiverWalk Merchants Association since 2010 and served as President in 2014/15. Reno eNVy rebranded to Home Means Nevada to broaden the customer base. Reno eNVy brand was created on May 11th, 2005. Home Means Nevada has 2 reno locations; 135 N. Sierra St. & 55 Foothill Rd.

Visit their website: www.homemeansnevada.com


6.22.19 Michelle Stohlgren - Garden to Glass Mixology

Michelle Stohlgren is a cocktail aficionado and an outdoor enthusiast who founded and operates Garden to Glass Mixology. Garden to Glass Mixology is Lake Tahoe and Reno’s first mobile beverage service with health and wellness ingrediants derived from nature. Michelle is the lead forager and alchemist for Truckee’s Old Trestle Distillery. Michelle took an edible and medicinal wild plant class and became obsessed with infusing the flavors into beverages. She has over 15 years in the beverage, catering and restaurant industry, with 3 years bartending at Truckee’s esteemed Truckee Tavern.

Garden to Glass’ mission is to provide exceptional beverage service that connects our guests to their natural surroundings. Their focus is on offering chef driven mixology that promotes wellness through the use of locally foraged flavors in farm to table specialty beverages.

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6.15.19 Abigail Stephenson & Mark Krasner - Blanchard, Krasner & French

Mark A. Krasner, CPA Esq. is a founding partner of Blanchard, Krasner & French. He has over 36 years of ezperience as a CPA & Attorney. Mark’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax matters, family law, purchases and sales, litigation, licensing, corporate and partnership structuring and reorganizations, international trade, tax and estate planning. Mark’s practice areas: business, civil litigation, family, financial institutions, real estate and trust & estate.
Abigail G. Stephenson is a Nevada and California licensed attorney. Abbey’s areas of practice focus on privately held companies and is able to meet the majority of their legal needs from formation through dissolution including intellectual property licensing and protection. She provides estate planning and probate and trust litigation services. Abbey’s practice areas: business, employment, intellectual property, real estate and trust & estate.

Visit their website: www.BKFLaw.com


6.8.19 Steven Saylor - Comstock Foundation

Steven Saylor is the Executive Director at the Comstock Foundation. The Comstock Foundation was the Boundary Peak Award Winner 2018. As a fine artist with a background in commercial advertising and marketing, Steven holds a B.F.A. & M.A. from Kent State University. He has worked for advertising agencies in Akron, New York, and Reno, holding positions as Art Director and Television Director from 1968 to 1974.  He has instructed illustration, design, oil painting, watercolor, and photography at Kent State University and the University of Nevada System/Western Nevada College. His work in academia includes the development of art and photography classes at Western Nevada College. Steven also was a working cowboy from 1974-1982 in the Dayton Valley. First working for Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Allran Ranch and then with the Rolling A Ranch. Ranch work by day, teaching at night.

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6.1.19 Janet Chubb - Kaempfer Crowell

Janet Chubb guides clients throughout the country in enforcement of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Jann was the first woman to serve on the Nevada Board of Bar Governors, the body which oversees all licensed lawyers in the state. She is the first of only two lawyers in the state of Nevada to be inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy, an organization of approximately 800 elite bankruptcy professionals worldwide. Jann has written articles on various bankruptcy issues and speaks before a variety of professional groups and local, state and national legal associations. She has been an active Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge resolving many appellate cases since 1997.

Jann is a Trustee and Chair of the Driving Force Committee of the National Auto Museum, The Harrah Collection. She is also Board Counsel to Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Jann was formerly a board member of the American Cancer Society, counsel to Theater Arts Coalition, Trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada and President, Sparks YMCA. Jann has been named one of Northern Nevada’s Top 35 bankruptcy attorneys by American Registry. She has been a licensed real estate broker for over 25 years and been a Settlement Judge with the Nevada Supreme Court since 1997. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Bankruptcy Certification from 1994-2000.


5.25.19 Christian Hynes - Osage Creative

Born in New Jersey, Christian studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. With a focus on Studio and Portrait photography, he studied under the esteemed Danish photographer Hans Neleman. After a number of years living and working in New York he headed west. Always evolving, he found himself immersed in the fashion private label industry in Los Angeles, photographing product and fashion campaigns for numerous brands and companies over the course of 15 years. Since arriving to Reno NV, he has concentrated on his portrait work, lifestyle and product photography. His client list in Reno has steadily grown and he looks to make more of an impact in the corporate photography world. Having worked with companies such as Atypical events for Nevada Humane Society, Red Carpet Events company for Renown Medical, Z Bar and Patio in Midtown, Mabble media for Heavenly and Northstar Resorts, Nevada Nano and Sword International.

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5.18.19 Norm Dianda - Q&D Construction

Q&D first opened its doors in 1964 when Norm Dianda and friend Lawrence Quadrio successfully negotiated their first project…a $600 kitchen remodel. In 2014, Q&D celebrated 50 years of building relationships and teamwork across the U.S. Born in Reno, NV, Norm grew up in rural south Reno, the son of a railroad worker. He later moved to his grandfather’s farm where he always had an interest in working with his hands and building projects. As a teenager, he went to work for a significant person in his life: George Sergeant, owner of the Sergeant Showcase and Fixture Shop where he honed his carpentry skills and business acumen.

Though Mr. Quadrio has passed, Norm has kept the “Q” in honor of his friend and business partner. A simple tribute that sums up the respect and dedication to partnership on which Q&D was founded. Norm has continued to emphasize that everything Q&D is involved with will be built with the three guiding principles that started the organization…service, integrity and quality.

Visit their website: www.qdconstruction.com


5.11.19 41st Annual Gaming Conference with Chad Marquardt

Mike and Katrina discuss the ins and outs the gaming industry with Chad Marquardt, CPA from CLA in Las Vegas. Income taxes, Casino / Hotel room requirements, obtaining a gaming license, gaming vouchers that expire, Review Vs. Audit? A.I. in the surveillance room … and more are discussed. The 41st Annual Gaming Conference is happening May 14th & 15th in Las Vegas, NV.

Chad Marquardt is the director at CliftonLarsonAllen in Las Vegas since 2017. He studied at UNLV and earned B.B.A. in Finance, Financial Management Services and Accounting.

For more information about the Gaming Conference visit: www.NVCPA.org

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5.4.19 Reno Venture Conference with Bryan McArdle

The inaugural Reno Venture Conference will bring together active angel investors and the region’s rising startups to showcase to growing ecosystem of technology and talent in Northern Nevada. The two-day conference will include angel education workshops, panel discussions with active angel investors and pitches from the rising pre-seed and seed stage startups including the InNevator IoT Accelerator companies. The event will culminate with the announcement of funding into a select group of startups at all stages. This event will celebrate the successes seen in the region over the past few years and highlight new investment funds like the Reno Seed Fund.

Reno Venture Conference May 14th & 15th at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Visit their website for more information: www.RenoVentureConference.com


4.27.19 Marla Richardson - BioRegenesis Conference

Marla is getting ready for an inspiring weekend May 4-5 at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino dedicated to diverse presentations for the health and wellness enthusiast and professional on all things alternative. Private sector health care strategies are on the rise, awakening an underground global movement offering alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry! Their incredible speakers come from over six different countries and will be covering subjects such as stem cells, advancements in water, cutting edge nutritional and supplement support, cancer detoxification, energy medicine, the micro-biome, quantum scalar plasma technology, and so much more!

Tickets: 1-Day Admission $249 or 2-Day Admission $499 available at their website: www.bioregenesisconference.com

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4.20.19 Ron Justin - Group Gets

Ron Justin is an inventor whose career has spanned working for the government one mile underground in the Nevada desert to starting, advising, and joining startups. In addition to being CEO of GroupGets and VP of Solutions at Breadware Inc., he currently serves as an advisory board member to SimpleSense Inc., WashSense Inc., and the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. An accidental 40 Under 40 Award Winner from the Pacific Coast Business Times and YEC member. Ron has taken numerous products from “ideation” to market for the US Government, TrackR and other wireless telecom ventures. Ron can usually be found somewhere on a mountain bike or snowboard in the Sierra Nevadas on any given weekend.

Visit his website: www.groupgets.com


4.13.19 Kyle McClelland - Have Lights Will Travel

Kyle McClelland is the owner of Have Lights Will Travel, a local electrical contractor that specializes in all things lights. Kyle began his career with Havelights in 2005 and purchased the company outright in 2017. Kyle attended the University of Nevada and obtained his degree in Management of Information Systems in 2009. Kyle is the current President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Reno Tahoe, the President Elect of PLASMA and serves at a Membership Committee Member for the Executives Association of Reno. 

Visit their website: www.havelights.com

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4.6.19 Mike Steedman & Alynn Delisle

Co-owners Steedman and Delisle opened the doors to Nevada Sunset Winery in summer of 2017. The business is an alternating proprietorship; there are a total of three wineries under one roof. It's what Steedman calls a good business model. "We pay one third the rent, we have a common area where we work on the grapes, we produce our grapes, crush – press, and bottle”. They manage a 3-acre vineyard in Fallon, Nevada and are looking forward to making Nevada grow wine.

Visit their website: www.nevadasunsetwinery.com

Nevada Vinny Awards April 25th. For more information visit: www.nvandw.com


3.30.19 David Cochran & Mike Koch

Fire Chief Dave Cochran has over 20 years of experience with the Reno Fire Department. Hired as a firefighter in April 1998, Dave was promoted to the rank of Fire Equipment Operator in 2006, Captain in 2007, Division Chief in 2012 and Fire Chief in 2016.

Mike Koch is the owner of Koch Elevator Co. established April 2002. Koch Elevator is a local family-owned elevator company that specializes in installation, repair and modernization of mobility equipment. They offer all levels of mobility solutions including: commercial elevators, residential elevators, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, auto lifts, etc.

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3.23.19 Mike Bosma & Katrina Loftin

All things Business, Taxes and Opportunity Zone! Hear from Mike Bosma and Katrina Loftin as they wrap up Reno’s Opportunity Zone Summit on March 19-20th and discuss the current tax season!

Don’t forget, Mike gives a FREE One Hour Consult to go over your finances!

www.claconnect.com // https://mabusinessadvisors.com


3.16.19 Dave Archer & Brian Wilcox - Opportunity Zone

Dave Archer is President & CEO of NCET. Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is a member supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.

Brian Wilcox serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for BlackRidge Technology International. Mr. Wilcox came to BlackRidge from the public sector after serving as the State of Nevada CISO.

Nevada Vinny Awards Thursday April 25th, 7pm at the Hidden Valley Country Club. $35 ticket are a tax deductible donation to Nevada Vines & Wines, a 501 ©(3)

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3.9.19 Tom Ortiz - Sierra General - Opportunity Zone

Tom Ortiz is the owner of Sierra General, a real estate development company primarily focused on small to mid-size commercial and industrial projects. Mr. Ortiz is also co-founder of BIONIC LLC. BIONIC is a building system, which will allow builders to dramatically lower build time and cost. With over twenty-five years in the construction, development, and logistics industry, Mr. Ortiz has a strong and proven background in business development, project development, project financing, team building and leadership, construction, marketing, and project sales.

Visit: sierrageneral.com to find out what Opportunity Zone Projects are happening!

Get your tickets for Reno Opportunity Zone Summit, March 19-20th at: www.believeinreno.com


3.2.19 Matt Drinen - Opportunity Zone

Matt Drinen, CLA Director, St. Louis

Matt has a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Commercial Real Estate - University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - Washington University (St. Louis, MO).

Capital Gains, Funding, Investing - The Northern Nevada OZ Summit will gather experts who will clarify the rules and regulations of OZ funds, timing requirements, and tax implications. Throughout the program, developers and fund managers who have successfully completed OZ deals will share real life examples and best practices.

Learn more at: http://believeinreno.com

Northern Nevada Opportunity Zone - Reno, Nevada - March 19 & 20, 2019. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com and they are selling fast!

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2.23.19 Brian McArdel - Opportunity Zone

Brian McArdle, EDAWN Vice President, Entrepreneurial Development.

The Opportunity Zone Program (OZ) is a tax incentive established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Its purpose is to foster investment into low-income and rural communities by allowing those who invest to defer and reduce their capital gains liability, and potentially pay ZERO tax on earnings from the investment.  There are 8,700 designated opportunity zones nationwide, and analysts predict that billions (and potentially trillions) of capital gains dollars will be invested into Opportunity Zones. 

Northern Nevada Opportunity Zone - Reno, Nevada - March 18 & 19, 2019. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com and they are selling fast!


2.16.19 Leslie McCarroll - Bliss Babe

Leslie McCarroll, Publisher for Bliss Babe Magazine.

BlissBabe.com is a women’s beauty, fitness and lifestyle multi-platform publication, which empowers women to be their best at any level, age, orientation, life stage while assisting women to fulfill their desire and passion Giving women the opportunity and tools to live a life full of purpose while becoming physically and mentally fit.

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2.9.19 Amanda Burden - Edible Reno-Tahoe

Amanda is the publisher and editor of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, which debuted in March 2010. The magazine celebrates and supports the local food and drink movement, which includes local farmers, ranchers, artisan and craft food and drink makers, home gardeners, chefs, distillers, brewers, and more.

Edible Reno-Tahoe is a food and drink magazine with a mission. With the high rates of diabetes, obesity, and other health concerns, it’s more important than ever that people learn how to eat better. The publication points readers to healthy, nutritious food sources. Another mission is to support environmentally friendly practices. The magazine is “green,” printing on recycled and uncoated paper with soy ink and covering environmental topics that relate to local food and drink. In addition, it’s edible Reno-Tahoe’s mission to stimulate the local economy by highlighting local businesses.



2.2.19 - Christi Cakiroglu - KTMB

Hired as Executive Director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in 2002, Christi leads her small staff to coordinate more than 100 volunteer cleanup and beautification events that engages approximately 5,000 volunteers, and educates more than 4,000 youth each year. Under her leadership, KTMB has undertaken several innovative initiatives including the Great Community Cleanup and Truckee River Cleanup Day that now engages close to 1,000 volunteers every spring and fall.

Working in partnership with local and federal agencies, KTMB developed and continues to lead the Illegal Dumping Task Force which pursues ways to prevent illegal dumping including educating residents and elected officials about the dangers and negative impacts of blight. Christi’s persistence and tenacity helped provide the spark needed to create what has evolved into the One Truckee River Partnership and Management Plan to guide local municipalities and agencies who want to protect the river. 

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1.26.19 - Itai Nemovicher - Orthopaedic Implant

During the past 17 years in the medical device industry, Mr. Nemovicher has witnessed an ever growing, and now huge, disconnect between increasing implant costs and hospital reimbursement. When he became aware that a patient was charged over $120,000 for his orthopaedic implants, he realized that he had to do something to correct this destructive trend.

In Aug 2010, he co-founded The Orthopaedic Implant Company where he brings passion and commitment to the cause of reversing the wave of rising implant costs. Mr. Nemovicher gained much of his medical implant experience at Smith & Nephew Orthpaedics, a $3B medical device company.

Prior to working with Smith & Nephew, Mr. Nemovicher was a co-founding member of Keneisys Corp, a security software company and patent holder of the Virtual StrongBox™ Security Platform. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Nemovicher was responsible for overseeing product development, back and front office operations, business development initiatives and participating in fund raising efforts.


1.19.19 Kaya Bromley - Community Ventures

Kaya Bromley is an attorney, developer, author, and entrepreneur.  She serves as General Counsel for Community Ventures-RE, a Reno-based real estate consulting firm. Ms. Bromley is the co-founder of the Reno-Sparks Opportunity Zone Task Force which is a group of government officials, private developers, economic development authorities, attorneys, CPAs, and stakeholders whose mission is to educate the community about OZ and to connect OZ funds with deals. She has advised multiple OZ projects and funds in the Greater Reno-Sparks area, and she has partnered with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development to sponsor the Northern Nevada OZ Summit in February 2019. She is the author of the book, “The Employer’s Guide to Obamacare” which was published in 2014.  She has served as General Counsel for Marco’s Pizza, outside counsel for Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and as Executive Director for the National Jack-in-the-Box Franchisee Association.

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1.12.19 Annie Flanzraich - Flanz Writes

Annie is an award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist. Annie is the owner of Flanz Writes, a Reno-based business that offers writing, editing, strategy, and other content services. Before launching Flanz Writes in 2016, Flanzraich was the Creative Development Manager of RGJ Media and led a team of editors, designers, and web strategists to produce 75 publications and online efforts each year. She also oversaw RENO Magazine as its editor in chief. A UNR alumni, Flanzraich graduated from the Reynold’s School of Journalism in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American History.


1.5.2019 - Rod Jorgensen - UNR

Rod is the Director of counseling for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC), located in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. As such, he directs the counseling efforts statewide, as well as running a local counseling office out of the Ansari Business Building at UNR. Rod has a degree in Ag Economics, is a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Economic Development Professional, has completed the CPA exam, is a management professor at UNR as well as at Sierra College in Truckee.

Rod is involved in the community through his board positions with Munimetrix, a locally owned for profit business, and is currently on the board of Nevada State Development Corporation and Entrepreneurs Assembly. Based on the commonality of business types throughout his history, he has dealt with a significant number of businesses in: food and beverage; legal issues; business taces; access to capital (ie. loans); business purchases and sales; franchises; non-franchised licensing opportunities; childcare; and a smattering of others.

1.5.2019 Rod Jorgensen